I could relate to the author’s romcom expectations in “Futile Fantasy” [ELLE Relationship, July 2014]. I, too, am a lifelong fan of movies where happily-ever-after endings await me as cheesy music fills my living room and slow-motion stares linger onscreen. Who wouldn’t want the person they’ve secretly been in love with for the past 90 minutes to put them up on a pedestal and adore them at the exact perfect moment? Ha! Like the author and her husband, my boyfriend and I also use domestic duties to not only show affection but also try to make every day count. Thoughtfulness and appreciation can be sexy, and I think once you’re past the honeymoon—or romcom—stage, you need that promise to each other to help your love grow. Roll credits. MELANIE, BURLINGTON, ONT.